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Sonora And Chicken Ranch Tribe Begin Negotiations For Fire Services

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Sonora, CA — Considering it a win-win for both sides, the city of Sonora will formally begin negotiations with the Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians regarding fire services on the tribal land in Jamestown.

The Chicken Ranch Rancheria is planning to build a fire station and purchase needed apparatus. The tribe approached the city’s fire department to see if a partnership could be created so that the city provides the staffing. At this week’s council meeting, Sonora Fire Chief Aimee New called it a “milestone” that will allow for the hiring of additional city fire staff.

Lloyd Mathiesen, Chicken Ranch Rancheria Tribal Chairman, said it is a “privilege and a pleasure” to start the negotiations.  He praised Chief New’s knowledge and skill set that she will bring to the project.

Councilmember Ann Segerstrom called it a “great opportunity.” Mayor Pro-tem Mark Plummer stated the city is “flattered and honored.”

The vote was 5-0 to “approve an intent to enter into an agreement for fire services” with the tribe, and both sides will now continue to work out the specific responsibilities and cost details.